How to...Make Your Small Bathroom Seem Larger

How to...Make Your Small Bathroom Seem Larger

Gregory Han
Mar 6, 2007

With proper lighting and a little trompe l'oiel, you can make that small bathroom feel a whole lot larger. If we owned our apartment unit, I would have already contacted, the largest dealer and installer of Solatubes in Southern California, and had one of their sunlight gathering products put into our small bathroom and stairway. A 14" Solatube can create up to 9,100 Lumens of true colour lighting during the day (you can even install a fixture inside the tube for use during the evening), making a small bathroom seem a lot larger.

With labor and unit cost, you're looking at anywhere between $453-$700, depending upon your roofing. Not cheap, but in terms of relative cost of bathroom renovation, not really all that bad.

But what if you're on a much tighter budget, yet your cramped quarters bathroom seems befit for a San Quentin inmate? How about using super graphics, oversized photographic murals, in your bathroom to create an expansive view where there was once nothing but bare wall staring back? Murals Your Way has over 4,000 images to choose from, and they can customize a mural with any provided image for a customized effect.

Murals cost $7.95 per square foot based on finished mural size for readily available images, and $7.95 per square foot for customized murals. Just remember when installing a wall mural application that moisture is an issue. Wall murals must be coated with a several coats of water-based polyurethane to protect the application from moisture.

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